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In Early Voting, County Republicans Have Slight Edge Over Democrats In Casting Ballots

A voter is shown in the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office in Kearny Mesa on June 4, 2018.
Megan Wood
A voter is shown in the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office in Kearny Mesa on June 4, 2018.

Early voting in San Diego County shows Republicans are slightly ahead of Democrats in casting ballots for the Nov. 6 election.

As of midday Wednesday, the Registrar of Voters Office had received 149,752 ballots. Early voting — done by mail or in person at the registrar’s office — began on Oct. 8.

More than 38 percent of the ballots were from Republicans, compared to about 37 percent from Democrats. About 24 percent came from independent voters and those who belong to other political parties.


The county had 1.7 million registered voters as of the end of September, so those who have already voted account for 8.7 percent of that total.

For this election, it’s too late to register to vote, but the deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Tuesday.

Tools from the registrar’s office to help voters include:

Check your voter registration or mail-in ballot status.

View your sample ballot online.


Find your polling place for Election Day.

Map to the Registrar of Voters Office in Kearny Mesa, where you can vote in person Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voting also will be offered there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 4, the weekend before the election.

If you want information on candidates and ballot measures — and the campaign spending behind them — inewsource and KPBS have you covered.

An inewsource Follow The Money series did a deep dive on five ballot measures: the state gas tax increase repeal; the contest between SoccerCity/SDSU West; requiring all county elections to be decided in November; the San Diego Unified School District bond proposal; and a San Diego government transparency measure.

inewsource also created a way for voters to track the funding behind city and county races with searchable databases.

Voters also can use the comprehensive KPBS Voter Guide that covers federal, state and local races.

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